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Flying Things

6 Aug

common buckeye

There’s a whole family of red-headed woodpeckers out there.

meadowlark

sulfur

blue jay

Admiral

red-headed woodpeckers

fritillary

Eastern Kingbird

blackbird

red-headed woodpecker

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Through the Windows

26 Jul

I think I mentioned a while ago that I was going to try to finish replacing my downstairs windows.  You know because I can’t take a decent bird picture through the old distorted glass.

cardinal

downy woodpecker

Well, the windows were finally replaced this week. I like the way they look.  As I replace them, I’m going from the black around the windows to white. Some day, the 1970s fake shutters need to go.  It’s a work in progress.  Doors and the deck are next on my list.

Sky

Bob was the first one to make use of the new window.

Bob (so clean you get to see my reflection)

I’m pretty sure he’s not going to be happy with the changes to the front window because I’m pretty sure he would slip off the ledge if he tried standing on it now.  Poor cat.

Rocky

My first bird shot through the windows!

red-bellied woodpecker

While I was moving things back I had the thought that I could give myself more room if I used the bench for my plants.  I’m happy with that.

Then I could move Sky’s pillow out of the middle of the floor.  He likes the new place for this pillow.

Sky

Look who’s been hanging around my window this summer (in the interest of full disclosure, this window was replaced last year, but I really wanted to show off the luna moth)!

luna moth

I’m thinking the new windows are a good thing.

Miscellany

15 Jul

I actually took the time to just go for a walk the other day because I was hoping to photograph some of the many butterflies I’ve been seeing.  Unfortunately, they didn’t cooperate.  I caught one monarch in flight, but that was it for the butterflies.

The dragonflies were not much better.  But they are huge this year!  I could even catch them mid-flight.

I did finally get one to sit still while I photographed it–from below.

The goats were out in pasture.

Love me some goat eye.

Cutie

This is usually my view in pasture.  Myson constantly walks directly in front of me.  Silly boy.

Myson

I’m still seeing lots of meadowlarks.

I was really excited to see that I accidentally walked by a juvenile bobolink, and it didn’t fly.

Mr. Bobolink, however, was really concerned, so he flew closer.

He’s losing his breeding color now, so I probably won’t recognize him anymore.  Until next year…

Back in the barnyard, Ringo waits for his mom to come back so he can eat.

Ringo

Snow White is also still shut in the north paddock since I’m milking her maa.  She’s still not happy, but she has finally settled down.

Snow White (those ears!)

I adore my Pluto!  I wish he were in the barnyard with everyone else, but I’m sure he’s happier staying with his brother.

Pluto

Finally, Aurora.  She shouldn’t eat and spit.

Aurora

It’s not a good look.